Amy Adams Breaks Down Remembering Her Close Friend And Co-Star Philip Seymour Hoffman
Amy Adams starts to cry. I start to cry. And we are reminded, instantly, of the weight of the loss the acting community suffered when it lost Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The above clip comes from Adams’ appearance this week on Bravo’s Inside the Actor’s Studio, the long-running, long-form interview show dedicated to the craft of acting and the careers of the men and women who dedicated their lives to improving in it. Adams, who has been on fire basically since her screen-career began with the beautiful Junebug, stopped by James Lipton’s set to discuss American Hustle, for which she once again has been nominated for an Academy Award. But it is when they begin to discuss an earlier nomination – for playing a nun in the screen version of Doubt -- that Adams has to reflect on her multiple collaborations with Hoffman… and the tears begin. She says, with all sincerity:
I wish you all could get a chance to work with him. He was beautiful. He is a beautiful spirit. And he had this unique ability to see people. To really see them. Not look through them. He just really saw people."
Adams was blessed to work with Hoffman multiple times, reuniting with the late actor to play the dedicated wife of a religious leader in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Lipton, a pro, saves Adams before she breaks down completely on the stage, reminding us that "we have him forever" in the roles and films he gave us in his short amount of time.
If you haven’t seen Hoffman’s turn in Lipton’s chairs, the segments are MUST watches. Master classes in the craft of acting. The clips are not readily available online, though Hoffman appeared on episode 14 of the show’s sixth season. In place of that footage, here are clips of Adams and Hoffman acting together. His talents continue to be greatly missed:
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